Tom Maguire, of the JustOneMinute blog, on the “Birther” and the “Palin-faked-her-fifth-pregnancy” “conspiracies”:
The “Palin faked her fifth pregnancy” rumor is back, prompting Andrew Sullivan to tip us off to the title of his autobiography with a post titled “Wimpy and Gullible”.
The inscrutable logic is that, since Birthers are now being taken seriously, shouldn’t the press dive into the other birther fantasy? Geez, is it really that hard to find examples of the press refusing to probe behind the curtain of Obama’s life? My personal favorite is still the press refusal to engage the ongoing lies and evasions around the Obama/Ayers relationship (which reportedly included ghostwriting help on “Dreams” and an Ayers hand in Obama’s appointment as chair of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge)…
…the NY Times reported:
By Hawaiian law, birth records can be released only to people with “a direct and tangible” interest in them — a person born in the state, say, or certain relatives or their estates. So when questions about Mr. Obama’s birth first surfaced during the 2008 presidential election, his campaign posted a copy of his “certification of live birth” on a Web site; it states that Barack Hussein Obama II was born in Honolulu on Aug. 4, 1961, at 7:24 p.m.
When questions continued to pour in, the state’s health director, Dr. Chiyome Fukino, announced that she had seen the original records and that they showed that Mr. Obama was “born in Hawaii and is a natural-born American citizen.”
So there is a more complete file of “original records” which could be released to Obama, but he has not requested it. Why not? Who knows? And Sully can’t even grasp that basic issue.
My official editorial position is that Obama is hiding his complete file just because it is his brand management strategy to hide everything about his past – try getting his law firm billing records, or a college transcript, or a financial aid form, or his senior thesis, or any damn thing at all. We will need to wait until he signs his eight-figure book deal to see some of that stuff, and then only if it fits his preferred narrative…